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Vol.8
February 2008
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Prime Minister Fukuda Unveils Global Warming Initiatives
On January 26, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He laid out a set of initiatives aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions and countering global warming, including a proposal for quantitative target-based CO2 emissions reduction. The plan would include all major emitters in a post-Kyoto Protocol framework as well as establish a $10 billion financial facility to assist...

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke Meets With Japanese Press and Business Community
On January 21st, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, former US Ambassador to the UN and Chairman of Asia Society, Richard Holbooke, came to the Consul General of Japan in New York's official residence to speak about Japan-US relations and other topics in a meeting with members of the Japanese press, the Japanese business community, and Japanese Consulate officials. .

Dr. George Packard Honored by Government of Japan
Dr. George R. Packard, US-Japan Foundation, was honored with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star for his lifelong achievements aimed at fostering friendship and advancing understanding between Japan and the United States, on November 3rd, 2008. A leading scholar of Japan, Dr. Packard has devoted his professional life to promoting the understanding of Japan in the U.S.


GAGA OVER GAGAKU
In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Institute for Medievel Japanese Studies in 2008, Columbia will host the annual Open Workshop on March 2nd, and a Gagaku Concert will be held in Low Library's Rotunda on March 3rd. As part of this anniversary celebration, on March 13th, Columbia will also present a symposium in honor of composer Toshi Ichiyanagi...
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JAA Selects New President
Mr. Gary S. Moriwaki was elected President of the Japanese American Association of New York (JAA), succeeding former President, Ms. Susan J. Onuma. Mr. Moriwaki, an attorney at Fox Rothschild LLP, serves as a chair of the firm's International Practice Group.
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Culture Connection
John Manjiro: The First Japanese to Live in the U.S.
Have you heard of Manjiro Nakahama (maybe you are more familiar with the name John Mung) and his contribution to both the United States and Japan? He was the first Japanese person to live on the mainland of America and an important advisor for he Tokugawa Shogunate during the opening of Japan.
Ambassador Desk

I worked in the business world for 39 years before becoming Ambassador in March of 2006, making me the first Consul General in New York to come from the private sector. Career change is no longer rare in Japan these days, but for me, it was my first opportunity to find myself in a different world.

Event Calendar
March 14 & 15
Something New Out of Something Old

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
March 13th to 24th
An Exhibition of Hope
The Nippon Gallery
Performance / Films
3/18 @ 8pm
Film Screening:
"Wings of Defeat"

Japan Society
3/20 @ 8pm
Yass Hakoshima "Wings"

The Ailey Citigroup Theatre
3/21&22 @ 7:30pm
Tzadik Label Music Series III: Ikue Mori
Japan Society
Performance / Films Exhibitions
3/29 & 30
Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company
The Ailey Citigroup Theatre
2/14- 3/15
Mizue Sawano Exhibition
Gerald Peters Gallery


Exhibitions
3/ 3 - 8
The Exhibition of Shoyo Shimada
The Nippon Gallery
Exhibitions Music Cultural
3/21 - 6/15
Utagawa: Masters of the Japanese Print
Brooklyn Museum

3/3 @ 7:30pm
Young Concert Artists Series: Mayuko Kamio, Violin
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

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